Why I’m giving up alcohol for 12 months

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Giving up alcohol for an extended period of time is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – usually on days when I’m extremely hungover – but until now I never followed through with it. I felt like it was getting to the point where I couldn’t have fun unless I was drinking and I could never just stop at one drink. I’ve never been one to drink every night but I would drink at least one night every 1-2 weeks and could never just stop at a few drinks. This would then lead to me feeling tired, bloated, moody and worst of all unmotivated for days afterward. I feel like alcohol was one of the major things that was holding me back from taking the steps needed to achieve my goals, which include updating this blog regularly.

So on the 27th of February my friend Jess (co-creator of Your Spicy Life) and I agreed to embark on 12 months of no drinking together.

In order to hold ourselves accountable, we have made a promise on the awesome website ‘Promise or Pay’ to not drink for 12 months otherwise we must pay $500 to our chosen charities.

Jess and I would also like to encourage you to join us in taking a break from the booze! It doesn’t have to be for 12 months. It can be for whatever period of time works for you. Jay the creator of Promise or Pay was kind enough to create this page for us were you can make your promise to take a break from alcohol or pay your chosen amount to a charity of your choice. You’ll then get a link to share with your friends and family where they can donate to your chosen charity and cheer you on. Continue reading

Tangy Apricot & Pistachio Slice

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This recipe is delicious and completely foolproof! It will take you pretty much no time to throw together and you can keep it in the freezer to have on hand for when unexpected guests drop over.

Ingredients
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup pistachios with the shells off
¾ cup cashews
½ cup shredded coconut
Rind of 1 lemon
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Everything I love and stand for in one brand

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I am obsessed with makeup and beauty products!

The unfortunate thing about many brands is that they test on animals and use ingredients that are harmful for your body and the environment such as parabens, microbeads and mineral oil. So I am always on the lookout for makeup, skincare and toiletries that are cruelty free, don’t include a lot of harmful chemicals and that actually work!

When I came across the brand Arbonne and tried out their products I fell in love with the range and the people behind the company, so much so that – I am super excited to announce – I am now a consultant for Arbonne!

When I found a superior product to start a business with unlimited growth potential, I had to take advantage of the opportunity and join Arbonne.

I love the constant support and sense of community that Arbonne offers and having the opportunity to create my own hours and work on this business from anywhere in the world is a dream come true!

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Video: ‘Healthy’ Snickers Balls

 

Something I have been putting off for way too long is posting my first YouTube video.

Starting up a YouTube channel has been a dream of mine for a very long time now but I kept putting it off because I was scared to post a video of myself on the internet.

Today I’ve decided to ignore that fear and post my first video!

A huge thank you to my friends Maddy of Those Two Duffers and Julien for doing such a great job of filming and editing this video. Their amazing work almost hides how awkward I am in this video ha ha.

I did really enjoy making it though so there will be more (hopefully less awkward) videos to come, so be sure to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe if you want to see more.

If you have any suggestions for recipes or beauty and health tips you’d like to see a video on let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

 

 

Vegetarian Buffalo Wings

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So over the past year I’ve been spending a lot of time in the U.S. I managed to avoid most of the unhealthy foods there but there was one popular dish I had to try: the buffalo wings. If you’re not aware, they are chicken wings baked in flour and covered in hot sauce. They were delicious! Continue reading

Snickers Balls

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Click here to check out my video on how to make these

I know I’ve said this about past recipes but these really are the BEST things you will ever taste, so let’s get right to the recipe shall we?

Makes around 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (organic if possible)
3/4 cup dates
½ cup cashew butter Continue reading

Orange Vanilla Bark

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Do you ever feel like a sweet treat before bed but don’t want something with cacao in it to keep you up all night? Well then, this vanilla bark is for you!
It’s great to keep in the freezer for whenever your sweet tooth is calling. It’s also super easy and quick to make.

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Interview: Cheeta Recovery Owners Michael & Jon

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I love it when you come across a brand that not only sells a product you love but also has a great philosophy behind it. This is why I love Cheeta Recovery, they have great compression wear that don’t cost a bomb (which is a rarity!) and also promote a fun, fit and healthy lifestyle. I wear my tights to Pilates, when I got for a run and sometimes even to work or out to lunch, they’re super comfy!

Michael and Jon started up Cheeta Recovery because they lost count of the amount of times they heard people say they were sick of paying outrageous amounts for their workout gear. “Why should you pay a premium to the big multinationals for something that helps you live a healthy and active lifestyle?” I couldn’t agree with them more!

Given my fascination with people who decide to take the leap and make a career out of their passion I really wanted to know more about these guys. So Michael was kind enough to answer some questions, which I know you’ll all enjoy reading. Continue reading

4 Books I’m Loving at the Moment

I love a good book or audio book, especially if it can educate, inspire and make me laugh all at the same time. So I thought I’d share 4 of my favourite books, in case you’re in need of some inspiration or just want something to talk about at your next dinner party.  Continue reading

The Real Food Revolution Event – Get $100 off your ticket

Do you Love Raw Food, Juicing, Blending and Soaking Up New Health Information like a Sponge?

Then you will love The Real Food Revolution which is an Australia wide event designed to create a shift in the way we look at food! Continue reading